Good Giant Stories

Maybe it’s because of the upcoming release of the BFG movie, or the fact that this month’s read aloud is from the Book of Giant Stories, or that my very first published book, The Giant King, is going to print for the third time this month, but I have been thinking a lot about giants recently.

As […]

2017-08-28T11:20:47+00:00 July 18th, 2016|0 Comments

A Nation of Makers

A Nation of Makers June 17–23 has been declared by The White House as a time to celebrate all those “makers” in our world.

“Empowering students and adults to create, innovate, tinker, and make their ideas and solutions into reality is at the heart of the Maker Movement.”

What better time than this to ponder the whole […]

2017-08-28T11:20:47+00:00 June 16th, 2016|0 Comments

University Park Elementary School Visit

University Park Elementary School Visit Thanks to all the wonderful parents and staff for a marvelous evening to celebrate the opening of your new library.  It was such a joy to see so many parents and children engaged in a literary gathering such as this.  And what a beautiful way the Principal […]

2017-08-28T11:20:47+00:00 May 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Every Savage Loves His Native Shore

Every Savage Loves His Native Shore Our read aloud this month is, When Jessie Came Across the Sea, written by Amy Hest and illustrated by P.J. Lynch, a beautiful tale that will resonate with any of us who have had to pull up our roots and move […]

2017-08-28T11:20:47+00:00 April 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Family Literacy Night at Cory Elementary

What a great event – Cory Elementary School’s Family Literacy night!

I always enjoy waxing poetic about how and why literature matters in this world, but it gives me even greater pleasure when I see such an enthusiastic and receptive audience as this community of students and parents.

Some of the questions posed by these aspiring […]

2017-08-28T11:20:47+00:00 March 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Love of Fergus

“I have found the paradox that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” ~Mother Teresa This month’s read aloud, For the Love of Autumn beautifully illustrates this quote as we see how a little kitten elicits love from all she meets and ultimately brings more […]

2017-08-28T11:20:47+00:00 February 11th, 2016|0 Comments


This month’s read aloud, BRAVE IRENE, by William Steig gives us much to pause and ponder around the whole notion of what it means to be brave.

The dictionary definition tells us that brave means:

Ready to face and endure danger or pain; showing courage.

Again and again, when I talk to children about the importance of reading […]

2017-08-28T11:20:47+00:00 January 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Christmas 2015

This month’s read aloud, Brigid’s Cloak is a lovely re-telling of an old Irish legend about Ireland’s other patron saint –Brigid, who finds herself mystically transported to the stable in Bethlehem.  At this time of year I love to look at the various nativity scenes displayed in churches or in people’s homes, and I find […]

2017-08-28T11:20:48+00:00 December 21st, 2015|0 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite American holidays, not only because it transcends age, religion, and race, not only because we can feast with family and friends free from the rampant consumerism that bedevils so many other holidays, not only because its very name Thanks GIVING implies action on our part rather than passive acceptance, […]

2017-08-28T11:20:48+00:00 November 23rd, 2015|0 Comments